Stretch Your Eyes, Agnes Obel, Single Review, Recorded
IF folk-artist Agnes Obel – Copenhagen’s consistently brilliant daughter – and her new release ‘Citizen Of Glass’ showed a continuation of the divergent sound-scapes that has turned the 36-year-old into Denmark’s most important modern star, then new single ‘Stretch Your Eyes’ is the pre-climax to whatever finale she wants to complete. Without doubt, ‘Stretch Your […]
Beat-herder Festival 2015 (Preview)
    It’s that time of year again and me and mine are at Beat-Herder every year this unique pulsating oddity seems to grow be it in stages, acts or attendees it is quite simply on the up. This year boasts an embarrassment of riches be it on the in the Parish Church we have […]
Elvis Costello, Guildhall, Southampton, Live
Beating at the centre of Paddington born songwriter Elvis Costello is a man that has truly experienced every musical occasion from his roots within London’s pub-rock scene to leading the first wave of punk; all modes that have adorned his 38 year jaunt as perhaps Britain’s most enduring troubadours. Costello the maverick; Costello the romantic; […]
Bryan Ferry, The Palace Theatre, Manchester, Live
Born of out London in early 1971, art rock troop Roxy Music and their principle singer/songwriter Bryan Ferry ushered in the early beginnings of the counter-charge against the nation’s waning interest of the now tired ‘Swinging Sixties’. Dropping the herbal temptation and inner-politics that embroiled that decade, Ferry and his group became leviathans of the […]
Blur: A Picturebook Journey
I used to laugh at my dad when he’d glowingly regale me with tales of Beatlemania like it was only last week. His refusal to stray beyond the 1960’s befuddled me. With so much interesting music on offer since then, why would you stay put? Then Blur return with The Magic Whip. The twelve-year absence […]
Sounds from the Other City Festival 2015
SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY 2015 Festival of new music, art and more. Sunday 3 May 2015, 3pm-late, £20. Various Venues across Chapel Street, Salford www.soundsfromtheothercity.com More party than festival, Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC) is unique in that it’s a roving event that takes in a huge range of venues (and between-venue spaces) […]
Songs for Walter, Interview
Songs for Walter. Their long awaited debut album has been a long time in the making. Why? Quenched Music caught up with Laurie Hulme – the principle songwriter behind the indie-folk outfit – to discuss what’s taken so long and what can be expected from it from their inaugural release at Northern Quarter’s famed Common […]
James Bay, Albert Hall, Manchester, Live
James Bay – Albert Hall – Manchester – 11th April 2015 Under the glow of the Albert Hall, Manchester saluted the latest in Britain’s ceasless conveyor belt of internationally acclaimed troubadours. Ed Sheeran. Ben Howard. Hozier. The perpetual ecstacy – habitually shaded with seeds of wretched satisfaction – crafted by British artists at present is […]
Sam Smith, Apollo Theatre, Manchester, Live
Exuding a blues soaked range more allied with that of Nina Simone, a reluctant extravagance that heightens his attachment to his throng of supporters and a spine of compositions that would make any vintage 40s collection, his foreseeable rise as Adele’s only successor to her blue-eyed soul throne of Britain has become one of the […]
Billy Lockett, The Ruby Lounge, Interview
You’re on to a winner when you state: “Manchester is my favourite place to play”. But unlike most this is a foreseeable reality for Northampton’s freshest artist Billy Lockett as he prepares himself for another cavort in our city; only this time he’s taking on the beatnik basement of The Ruby Lounge. Glass Animals, Foxes […]